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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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been sent representatives from universities and learned
institutions of all parts of the civilized world. Among
those upon whom the University on this occasion
conferred the title of honorary Doctor of Philosophy was
Rydberg. And it may here be especially mentioned that
the festival hymn was his work; for it is a masterpiece
of genius, full of pious sentiment, deep thought, and
glowing inspiration, and it can fairly be said to stand
unrivaled by anything that has ever been written for
similar occasions.

This jubilee was a solemn occurrence in the annals of
the time-honored University. The great old cathedral,
filled to its utmost capacity with thousands of
sightseekers, eager to behold the laureating of celebrities
from the whole learned world, with veterans of science
side by side with the younger seekers after knowledge,
with glittering uniforms and brilliant flowers of female
beauty; the subdued light falling through the stained
windows on the great multitude like a blessing, and the
festival hymn, bursting forth from the grand organ and
from the mighty choir of thousands of voices, borne on
the wings of melody to the vaulted dome above; indeed
all this formed a scene seldom to be equaled; and we
can imagine that for Rydberg, who now stood at the
height of his fame, honored and admired by his
countrymen, it was an especially proud moment.

Having thus briefly sketched the principal events of
Rydberg’s life, I will now proceed to touch slightly upon
his qualities as an author, and to indicate the
characteristics of his more important works.

In Viktor Rydberg there is a rare combination of all the
faculties which constitute the thinker, artist, and writer.

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